A solid business plan and the ideal location for your commercial property to rentare ingredients to potential success naturally. However, to attract and retain the best staff and keep those customers flocking in, a well-designed office is crucial during the expansion process.
Starting the project off
There is a reason why companies such as Google and Apple will invest millions of pounds in office design: they recognise its importance in supporting brand ethos and keeping their employees happy. You will initially need to establish a budget for yourself as this will enable you to create potential designs that are, most importantly, realistic.
You will want to avoid making major mistakes during the process, as this will only end up costing you more in the long term. Therefore, it is advised that you seek expert advice from an experienced and qualified office designer. They will be able to consult with you with initial requirements and ideas, keeping everything in sync with the budget that you have set aside.
Martin Reeves, head of office design at Maris Interiors, said: “Good office design combines both science and emotion – it is vital to balance both. A well designed office will communicate your brand identity and help attract and retain the best staff and can also significantly reduce your real estate costs”.
Planning a business ethic
When planning office space, the most important factor to consider is how the final result will fit in with your core business values. Ask yourself the question: ‘What does your office say about me?’, as your office will essentially be the face of your business. You are hardly going to want modern decor and contemporary wall art if you are a serious financial firm, for example. On the other hand, this does not mean that you need to create a dull and lifeless space – it simply needs to correspond with the purpose of your organisation. This will ensure that productivity and morale is boosted among your workforce, while clients are sure to be impressed when they step in.
Beyond design principles, you will need to make the most out of the space you hire and consider the logistics. Different employees, whether they are writers, creative individuals, accountants or programmers, will all have different needs that you must cater to. Good office design will solve various problems and utilise the space that you have efficiently. Avoid clunky furniture that will take up a lot of space, while wall partitions will break up a large single space into multiple sections that you could use, each for a different purpose.
Office design may seem like the last thing on your bucket list, but trust us when we say that in the past it has either made or broken an aspiring business. By increasing morale among workers and clients, you can guarantee that your business remains operationally efficient.